(Closed) Any neurologist bees who can help with PET scan results??

posted 3 years ago in Wellness
Post # 2
994 posts
Busy bee

jillbean1217:  not a neurologist or even close, but I study neuroscience and am perhaps more familiar with epilepsy than the average person until a doctor bee comes along…if your SO has epilepsy as confirmed by brain images it looks totally different than a tumor. the biological markers are completely different. a neurologist would be able to tell sezure activity from a tumor. you’re naturally worried as any spouse would be, and thats fine, but try not to go assuming the worst until you know whats going on. PET scans (or an EEG) usually localize the location of the seizure in the brain and can help determine a cause. im sure your neurologist will tell you everything you need to know, try not to go crazy in the mean time. 

sending good vibes to you and yours. Im sure everything will turn out fine.

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Post # 4
994 posts
Busy bee

jillbean1217:  not sure what you are referring to in the latter half of your question but the basal ganglia is largely associated with movement and movement disorders, there are two main pathways that have to coexist in order for normal movement to occur. essentially one suppresses movement and one initiates movement, an imbalance in either could result in a movement disorder, notably Parkinsons and Huntingtons. your SO may have a chemical imbalance in this structure causing the unwanted uptake of a neurotransmitter like dopamine or someother molecule here which may lead to a dysregulation of his basal ganglia. The cerebellum which is at the back of our brains also works to coordinate movement, balance etc.

I know what you mean about being a researcher and not figuring things out, you feel absolutely helpless and then you hop on the internet and internalize the worst possible things and start imagining things that may not be there just to prepare yourself. and yes cancer cells do metabolize quickly and responds to the radioactive dye used in a PET scan in a different manner. and the contrast in his temporal lobe may be associated with the dysregulation in his basal ganglia as the basal ganglia is deep within this structure.

Sorry I cant be of more help to you. I commend you for being so supportive of your SO, Ive seen more than a few couples totally in love and then someone is diagnosed with a debilitating neurologic disorder and initially we all like to think that we can handle things and that love is enough, but sometimes these people just end up leaving bcus they cant handle it, its devastating to see. Kudos to you for hanging in there. Wish the both of you all the best !!

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